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Review: Jason Schwartzman And Jonathan Pryce In The Quirky And Literary LISTEN UP PHILIP - Movies In Focus
An odd mash-up of a movie, Listen Up Philip is a comedy from Alex Ross Perry that plays like Woody Allen meets Wes Anderson. If that concept floats your boat, then you’ll take great enjoyment from Listen Up Philip. If it doesn’t, then you might want to look elsewhere for your cinematic kicks. Jason Schwartzman is Philip, an egotistical young novelist on the cusp of the publication of his second novel. He alienates his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elizabeth Moss) when he befriends Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce), a successful author who takes Philip under his wing. Set in a contemporary New York City that doesn’t exist, Listen Up Philip is a film that plays by its own rules. This is clearly rooted in a literary parallel universe where Woody Allen’s oeuvre exists, a cousin to the eccentric cartoonery of Wes Anderson’s off-kilter world. The grainy handheld camera work gives the film a loose freedom that picks up the dust and grit of the city streets that Philip inhabits. The film’s narration (by Eric Bogosian) plays as if it was ripped from the pages of a J. D. Salinger short story, while the character of Pryce’s Zimmerman is clearly based on the legendary reclusive [...]